Memphis, Tennessee

The soul of Memphis is apparent everywhere you go.  Our food tour of Memphis, Tennessee highlighted the food, music, and history that makes this Mid-South gem one to watch!

Our itinerary began with what we thought would be a low key Thai meal at a local neighborhood spot.  Boy were we in for a treat!  Mulan Asian Bistro was a feast for the eyes and our taste buds!  We recommend the Midtown location.  Beware, the portions are huge!

The weekend only got better from there.

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Recommended Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn Southaven

Quiet, clean, and affordable.  This location is near great mall and outlet shopping, just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.  Breakfast is $9.99/person.  Solid, but a little disappointing not to have it included in our stay.

Recommended Museum Tours – Stax MuseumNational Civil Rights Museum

Stax Museum is a must.  It is supremely well done and truly set the tone for our weekend visit.  The National Civil Rights Museum is lengthy, but required for any visitor to Memphis.  Arrive early, wear comfy shoes, sunscreen, and patience.  The line can be long to purchase tickets.  Complete the entire tour.  The perspective of Martin Luther King Jr.’s room at the Lorraine Motel against the vantage point of the museum across the street, also included with your ticket, is chilling.

Memphis is to be commended for its preservation and integration of history throughout the community.  It made us crave a return visit before the weekend ended.

Recommended Restaurants – Itta Bena/ Char/ Blues City Cafe

Now to the good stuff – FOOD!

Hands down, Itta Bena – a hidden sweet spot above B.B. King’s Blues Club is the place to to go for that special, signature meal during a visit to Memphis, IF you can find it.  There is nothing more thrilling than skipping the line to gain access to Beale Street by climbing the rusty stairs to one of the best meals in town.  Every dish was amazing, although the pasta portion is undersized for the price.  The bread pudding knocked our socks off!  After your meal, ask your waiter to escort you into the club below – free entry for guests!

Char is a personal favorite.  While the Jackson, Mississippi location has considerably more charm, the Pecan Butter Crunch is just as delicious in Memphis.

Last, but not least, Blues City Cafe is winner by all accounts.  While the grilled shrimp was an unlikely favorite, the experience is one of the best blend of Memphis music, food, and atmosphere.

Barbecue didn’t get a lot of attention from us this visit.  We like our family recipes best, but it is definitely a special treat to explore if you aren’t as much of a barbecue snob as we are!  Post favorites from your visits below.

For more of the great restaurants we visited in Memphis, visit us on Instagram.  If you’re looking for a fun, easy-going weekend getaway, try Memphis!

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